New England Patriots Roster Recap: Wide Receiver
Devin Lucien, age 24 (as of Week 1)
The Patriots drafted Devin Lucien in the seventh-round of the 2016 draft. He spent training camp with New England but did not make the team’s roster. Lucien spent the 2016 season on the Patriots’ practice squad and was named a practice player of the week in November.
At 6-foot-2, Lucien has good size for the position, however, that won’t be enough to earn him a roster spot. The Patriots are fully stocked at wide receiver and unless they lose a player to injury, Lucien faces long odds at making the team. Lucien’s best case scenario would be to return to New England’s practice squad and continue his development.
DeAndrew White, age 25
Following the 2015 NFL Draft, DeAndrew White signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent. He initially made San Francisco’s 2015 roster, playing in four games and tallying two catches for 18 yards. In addition, White had six kick returns for 142 yards. In 2016, he did not make the 49ers roster and was signed to the Patriots practice squad.
White’s experience in New England’s system will earn him playing time and special teams reps in the preseason, but not a spot on the roster. He could earn a second stint on the practice squad if he impresses during camp but will likely be released during roster cutdowns.
Matthew Slater, age 31
New England’s coveted special teamer, Matthew Slater, will return for his tenth season with the Patriots. Position aside, Slater makes his bread on special teams. He’s been voted to six Pro Bowls since 2011 and was voted an All-Pro for the first time in his career last season. Slater will continue to serve as a gunner on kickoffs and punts, seldom playing wide receiver.